Missouri Weekly Hay Summary Week ending 10/15/10

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Dry weather has allowed farmers to make amazing progress with fall harvest. 
Statewide 74 percent of the corn is harvested which is 10 percent above 
normal pace and over twice as far along as this point last year when only 36 
percent of the crop was harvested. Soybeans follow the same story with 36 
percent of the crop harvested. Yield estimates for the corn crop dropped 
once again this month down to 134 bu per acre. Hay production is forecast at 
2.06 tons per acre, down slightly from last yearís 2.07 tons per acre. Acres 
planned to be or have been cut rose slightly.  As with the past several 
years the problem isnít the amount of hay available but the lack of quality 
hay available. Hay that will actually return test results up in the premium 
to supreme grades is basically nonexistent. Pasture conditions are doing 
well in all but the south central and southeast regions of the state where 
feeding season is likely to be longer than normal. The supply of hay is 
moderate, demand light to moderate, and prices steady. Missouri Department 
of Agriculture has a hay directory available for both buyers and sellers. To 
be listed, or for a directory, visit, http://mda.mo.gov/abd/haydirectory 
(All prices f.o.b. and per ton unless specified and on most recent reported 
sales prices listed as round bales based generally on 5x6 bales with weights 
of approximately 1200-1500 lbs)

Supreme quality Alfalfa (RFV>185) 150.00-170.00 
Premium quality Alfalfa (RFV170-180) 140.00-160.00 
Fair to Good quality Alfalfa (RFV130-170) large round bales 75.00-120.00 
Small, Large squares 90.00-140.00 
Good quality mixed Alfalfa and grass small square bales 3.50-5.00 per 
bale; 30.00-60.00 per large round bale.

Good to Premium quality Prairie hay mostly small squares 80.00-120.00
Fair to good quality Prairie hay mostly large round bales 35.00-75.00

Good to Premium quality Brome 90.00-150.00 
Good quality Brome 50.00-120.00
Fair quality Brome some mixed with grass 30.00-50.00 per large round bale

Good to Premium Mixed Grass hay 60.00-100.00 
Good quality Mixed Grass hay 40.00-70.00 
Fair to Good quality Mixed Grass hay 20.00-40.00 per large round bale

Good quality Bermuda grass 80.00-120.00 per ton

Premium to Supreme Quality Timothy 5.00-6.50 per small square bale
Good quality Timothy Hay 3.50-5.00 per small square bale

Wheat straw 2.00-5.00 per small square bale

Source: MO Dept of Ag-USDA Market News Service, Jefferson City, MO
        Tony Hancock, Market Reporter, 573-751-5618
        24 Hour Recorded Report 1-573-522-9244

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